Human ecology & behaviour
Central to the crisis of our time is a rarely recognized mismatch between the economy of tangible goods, on the one hand, and the economy of money on the other. Nonfinancial goods are available in limited supply, but financial goods are limited only by demand -- a source of positive feedback that makes timely response to the limits of the real world almost impossible.
San Francisco was born at the beginning of the oil age, and the city has flourished during an era in which fossil fuels became the foundation of our economy and society...Task Force Members will present their findings to members of the Board of Supervisors’ Government Oversight and Audit Committee in Room 263 of City Hall at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 23. Interested readers in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to join them in room 263, City Hall, at 2:00 P.M.
Forget Shorter Showers
Consciousness and Complexity
G8 Summit: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger?
G8 Calls for Decisive Action to End Hunger, Recognizes Role of CAADP and AGRA at L'Aquila Summit
U.S. working group on the food crisis statement on the G8 in L’aquila, Italy
The film HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a beautifully shot panorama of the Earth and the damage done to it by modern humanity. It includes a moving narration about the evolution of the Earth, nature, agriculture, humans, and the crises of habitat destruction, energy depletion, climate disruption, degradation...of the environment, health, economic disparity, and more. They are well integrated in the film, but many assumptions in the script make this film hard to recommend unless accompanied by a reality check on energy and the value of traditional ways.
Bakken Oil; bonanza or hype?
The End of the Age of Oil: Will It Be a Soft or Hard Landing?
Will Iraq Be a Global Gas Pump?: The (Re)Making of a Petro-State
Real People, Real Preparation, Part One
In Public Housing, Talking Up the Recycling Bin
High-rises on hold: What to do with empty lots?
Introducing The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Policy
Big Oil/Lundberg Survey Scare Tactics Against Climate Legislation
Money may not be the root of all evil, as the often-misquoted proverb has it, but it has played a large and rarely recognized role in biasing the industrial economy toward its own self-destruction. In this post, part of a continuing series on the economics of peak oil, the Archdruid explores some of the ways that money distorts the production, distribution, and understanding of wealth.
The State of Homelessness in the U.S.
Looming crisis spells stimulus (Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Will Lose Unemployment Benefits Soon)
Food banks squeezed by prices, demand